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Corporate Forms and Organizational Choice in International Insurance$
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Robin Pearson and Takau Yoneyama

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780198739005

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198739005.001.0001

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Organizational Forms in Insurance

Organizational Forms in Insurance

A Comparison of the USA and Germany during Industrialization

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Corporate Forms and Organizational Choice in International Insurance

Robin Pearson

Oxford University Press

This chapter offers the first historical comparison of organizational choice in two of the world’s leading insurance nations, the United States and Germany, as they industrialized before 1914. It provides an overview of the context in which insurance developed in both countries. It describes this development, outlines the organizational trends in the industry, and examines the factors behind these trends. These factors include agency and governance issues, the state of capital markets, inherited cultural and social norms, the intervention of regulators and legislators, the impact of state insurance schemes, and the changing character of risk and the challenge of insuring new and uncertain technologies.

Keywords:   state insurance, mutual insurance, stock corporations, insurance regulation, risk, Germany, USA

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